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Robert Faires



Robert Faires is Arts Editor for The Austin Chronicle, where he's been covering the local arts scene for more than 30 years. In 2011, American Theatre Magazine named him to a list of 12 of the nation's most influential theatre critics. He's also been active in local theatre since 1980, having worked on more than 75 theatrical productions across the city as an actor, director, and writer.

33 articles in 1994


“I don't want revenge. I want understanding,” a college student tells a professor after reporting him to a tenure committee for sexual harassment. And it...

Film Review, Nov. 18, 1994

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Kenneth Branagh, resuscitator of Shakespeare onscreen, tackles the Frankenstein tale and brings that oft-abused corpse to life again with a jolt, though not the way...

Film Review, Nov. 11, 1994

… And God Spoke (the making of …)

A mock documentary about a producer and director of exploitation flicks who try to do a class adaptation of the Bible. Borman's behind-the-scenes spoof might...

Film Review, Nov. 4, 1994


When genres collide. Ridley Scott fused the science fiction movie with film noir in Blade Runner. James Cameron fused the science fiction movie with the...

Film Review, Nov. 4, 1994

Radioland Murders

Those who grew up on it say radio was magic. The first medium to bring adventure, comedy, and romance into your home, it let you...

Film Review, Oct. 28, 1994

Exit to Eden

There's limburger, there's Roquefort, there's gorgonzola, and there's Exit to Eden. This new film from director Marshall (Beaches) is pure cheese, and stinky cheese at...

Film Review, Oct. 21, 1994

Only You

Note to Norman Jewison: Shots of the night sky and Italian spices do not a fine romance make. It's hard not seeing this comedy d'amore...

Film Review, Oct. 14, 1994

Bhaji On the Beach

A simple sojourn at the seaside. A retreat from the cares of daily life. That's what this day trip for some “Asian Ladies” from Birmingham,...

Film Review, Sep. 30, 1994

A Good Man in Africa

The director of Driving Miss Daisy makes his second safari into Africa (the first was Mister Johnson) and comes back with a satire about Brits...

Film Review, Sep. 16, 1994

Max, Mon Amour

The story of a woman who takes a chimpanzee as her lover -- and her husband who struggles to accept their union -- would seem...

Film Review, Sep. 5, 1994

Wagons East

Oh, John Candy. This isn't how we wanted to remember you. For your last film, you deserved better than this pale shadow of Blazing Saddles...

Film Review, Sep. 2, 1994

That's Entertainment! III

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has once again opened its vaults to show off the showpieces from its legendary musicals. Perhaps sensing that audiences will believe they have already...

Film Review, Aug. 12, 1994

It Could Happen to You

Generous to a fault. That's what the makers of this endearing comedy want us to believe its two lead characters are: a courageous, helpful, Big...

Film Review, Aug. 5, 1994

The Client

“Objection, your honor! The protagonist is being willfully stupid! Again!” All through this adaptation of John Grisham's best-selling suspenser, I kept wanting to appeal to...

Film Review, Jul. 29, 1994

"Lesbian Vampires"

The independent shorts in this twofer attempt to shine a new light (or darkness) on those famous monsters of filmland, vampires, by giving strong women...

Film Review, Jul. 22, 1994

Forrest Gump

Like the chocolates that its titular hero generously offers strangers at a bus stop, this story of a simple man's journey through life and the...

Film Review, Jul. 15, 1994

The Shadow

“The weed of crime bears bitter fuit.” Early in this latest attempt to put the pulp novel avenger on the screen, the title character sneered...

Film Review, Jul. 8, 1994

The Lion King

Something old, something new, lots that's borrowed, more that's true. Disney's 32nd animated feature is a hodgepodge of myth, comedy, and recycled parts of previous...

Film Review, Jun. 24, 1994

Naked in New York

Hallucinatory hiccups. That's what Jake, the young writer hero of this Dan Algrant film, has to contend with as he has his first play produced...

Film Review, Jun. 10, 1994

The Flintstones

You'll believe a man can propel a car with his feet. And that may be about all you believe. This big budget, big screen, live...

Film Review, Jun. 3, 1994

The Favor

A day is twenty-four hours, an hour is sixty minutes, a minute is sixty seconds. The big passages in life are just collections of smaller...

Film Review, May. 6, 1994


Heaven and the Sensitive, New Age Guys of America help me, I liked this film. By all I hold dear, I shouldn't have. I'm a...

Film Review, Apr. 29, 1994


When Clifford is good, he's very, very good, but when he is bad, he's… rather a mediocre little fellow. Actually, it isn't Clifford himself who's...

Film Review, Apr. 8, 1994


Greedy ain't greedy enough. Sure, this comedy from writing team Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel (A League of Their Own, Splash, City Slickers) and director...

Film Review, Mar. 11, 1994

Spike & Mike's Festival of Animation '94

Art and dogs. They're the saving graces in this latest toon-fest from California's Spike Decker and Mike Gribble. The duo has assembled another hodgepodge of...

Film Review, Feb. 18, 1994

Death in Brunswick

Some days it just doesn't pay to clean up your life and grow up. The day Carl Fitzgerald finally stumbles out of his trashed-out Melbourne...

Film Review, Feb. 11, 1994


Little boxes, numbered to mark the passing of days, in a block with a picture atop them, a warm image against the cool order of...

Film Review, Feb. 4, 1994

In the Name of the Father

Daniel Day-Lewis reunites with his My Left Foot director for this harrowing story about the real-life, imprisonment of Gerry Conlon (and family members) for an IRA bombing in Belfast that he did not commit.

Film Review, Jan. 21, 1994

The Little Rascals

Kids will be kids. And that's the refreshing news about the Nineties version of Hollywood's original Brat Pack; the kids are basically the same as...

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When a Man Loves a Woman

Though it takes its name from Percy Sledge's Sixties hit and leads off with it on the soundtrack, this film by director Mandoki (Gaby --...

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White Fang Two: Myth of the White Wolf

Something in us loves an animal running. There is purpose and grace, power and freedom in it, of a kind we humans had long ago...

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Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp wasn't Gandhi, but you wouldn't know it to look at this weighty Western. It gives the famous lawman the Richard Attenborough treatment: a...

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

A trio of “showgirls” – two drag queens and one transgender – venture out of tolerant, big-city Sydney and into the wilds of central Australia.

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